Running success is best achieved with consistency over weeks, months, and years. Furthermore, as we discussed in the “Train More, Run Faster” series, you may have hit a running plateau simply due to your lack of mileage. Therefore, it might be time to introduce a second run to your day a few times per week, which we will refer to as ‘doubling’.
Here are the the top 5 reasons why you should ‘double’:
1. It is a great way to increase your mileage without the added stress on your body. Your form is more likely to breakdown after 8-10 miles, which can make miles 10-14 ‘un-pretty’ shall we say. By running 8-10 miles in the morning and 4 in the evening, you will maintain your form, keep that bounce in your stride, and reduce the likelihood of injury. That being said, I would not recommend running 7 miles in the morning and 7 miles in the afternoon. Simply put, you will lose out on the aerobic benefit.
Side note: allow 4-6 hours between runs.
2. YOU WILL BURN MORE CALORIES and your metabolism will remain elevated after both workouts. Continue reading “Double Dipping: Run Twice a Day”